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the pentagon investigation into e-mails between kelley and general allen t top nato commander in afghanistan, has been narrowed down to between 60 and 70 messages that according to a defense official bear a fair amount of scrutiny. >>> well, if there is any doubt the holidays are fast approaching, here's a sure sign. tonight is the lighting of the world famous rockefeller center christmas tree. always a favorite time of year around here. right downstairs bill karins is live on the plaza for us with a preview of what the weather will be like, there, here, all around the nation. good morning, bill. >> good morning, lynn. a beautiful spruce stands 70 feet behind me and 50 feet wide. this tree will be lit later this evening on nbc at 8:00. this will be a great show and a lot of performances, the musical guests, hosted by al roker and savannah guthrie. you can expect people such as cee-lo green, mariah carey, trace adkins, billy crystal and bet midler. the storm went through the northeast and behind it very cold conditions. as they do light the tree up, and this is a look at last year's tree, tem
.s. military. while women are permitted to fly fighter jets and attack helicopters, pentagon policy prohibits female soldiers and marines from serving in direct ground combat roles. but as u.s. military leaders struggle over how to bring women into ground combat training, two young women soldiers have already proven they've got what it takes. we get their story tonight from our chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. >> come on, man. >> reporter: it's grueling, downright brutal, and at times borders on physical torture. >> i'm beat. >> why are you letting go? >> reporter: it's the sapper leader training course for combat engineers. conducted in the back woods of fort leonardwood, missouri, it is one of the toughest combat schools in the army. >> this is a dirty, nasty, tough course, and it is going to test you in ways that perhaps some people just don't want to be tested. >> reporter: and the only combat training of its kind that accepts women. first lieutenant audrey motin and second lieutenant carly turnidge have signed up to try to earn the coveted title. sapper. both are graduates
. we'll explain their fight with the pentagon. >>> and will it stay or will it go? the local environmental battle stretching all the way to d.c. >>> an oyster company will learn the fate by the end of the week. they face closure by the national park service. >> but as joe rosato jr. shows us the decision will mark the end of a long battle. >> reporter: in many ways this looks like it did when explorer sir francis drake showed up in the 1500s. the one thing drake wouldn't recognize is this business. >> this is the drake oyster farm. it's been a 100 year tradition. >> eight years ago he purchased this oyster farm from a neighbor. >> we produced millions of oisers every year. just over 40% of oysters come from the farm. >> back in 1976 congress passed the wilderness act with the intention of restoring it to the original state. the oyster operation was granted a 40-year lease. the lease expires the end of this week. >> we've always expected and hoped that would be honor by the park service and renewed this year. >> seven years ago lenny was informed the park service had no intent
and other western companies. >>> a new challenge to the pentagon's ban on women serving in combat. four female service members have filed a lawsuit for the right to fight saying the policy as it stands now blocks them from advancements that are open to men who serve in combat. >>> and an apology from the youngest star of "two and a half men." while he did not take back his comments calling his show filth, angus t. jones said he apologized if his remarks were disrespectful of his colleagues and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be on the show. we'll have more on the story coming up in a live report. >>> and "gangnam style" is the dance craze that has taken the world by storm. just about everyone is doing the horsey dance, except for our matt lauer. he conveniently wasn't here that are psy's concert on our plaza so jibjab has found a way to make matt dance. >> that's not funny. ♪ ♪ ♪ oppa gangnam style >> something's so wrong about that but so right. go to jibjab.com and put any face you want in there. it's free. so matt, savannah. >> that's really nice. >> you brought this
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